“In Defense of Parity: A presentation of the parity or equality of elders in the New Testament” by Greg Nichols, Sam Waldron, & Dave Chanski [PDF, HTML, MP3 readout of entire book]

As of today, the entire book has now been posted:

1689Nut:

I am extremely pleased to announce that I have been given permission to post the book: In Defense of Parity: A presentation of the parity or equality of elders in the New Testament.

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… and will include a pdf and an mp3 made through TextAloud with my favorite voice, Daniel.  I hope many will be edified by this Biblical explanation and defense of this doctrine and practice.

Parity and Diversity in the Eldership: Part One-Parity [Greg Nichols]

Chapter 1 | HTML version PDF | 26 min. readout:

Parity and Diversity in the Eldership: Part Two-Diversity [Greg Nichols]

Chapter 2 | HTML | PDF | 41 min. MP3

A Contemporary Reaction to the Parity of the Eldership [Sam Waldron]

Chapter 3 | HTML | PDF | 16 min. MP3

An Exegetical Defense of the Parity of the Eldership in the New Testament [Sam Waldron]

Chapter 4 | HTML | PDF | 20 min. MP3

Careful Exposition of 1 Timothy 5:17 [Sam Waldron]

Chapter 5 | HTML | PDF | 32 min. MP3

An Historical Examination of the Parity of the Eldership in Independency and John Owen [Dave Chanski]

Chapter 6 | HTML | PDF | 22 min. MP3

The Baptist Confession of 1689 and the Parity of the Eldership [Dave Chanski]

Chapter 7 | HTML | PDF | 15 min. MP3

There were originally nine, but ch 8 has been removed by the publisher, so we are left with eight.

The Practice of the Parity of the Eldership [Dave Chanski]

Chapter 9 | HTML | PDF | 7 min. MP3

In Defense of Parity, Chapter 1 by Greg Nichols [PDF, HTML, MP3 Readout]

1689Nut:

I am extremely pleased to announce that I have been given permission to post the book: In Defense of Parity: A presentation of the parity or equality of elders in the New Testament.

parity-1

I will post one chapter at a time over the next couple weeks, and will include a pdf and an mp3 made through TextAloud with my favorite voice, Daniel.  I hope many will be edified by this Biblical explanation and defense of this doctrine and practice.

HTML version | PDF

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Taming a Horse in Church & Confidence in God’s Appointed Means [Jeff Riddle]

It was one of those “man bites dog” news links on the Drudge Report website that I just couldn’t pass up.  It enticed with something like, “Pastor tames wild horse while preaching sermon.” The link sent me to this video on youtube.com where, in fact, you can watch Pastor Lawrence Bishop II of Solid Rock Church in Monroe, Ohio actually tame a wild horse within a ring set up in the center of the church’s sanctuary (more likely, “worship center”). Pastor Bishop (great name) is also apparently a former rodeo professional, and the “sermon” was the seventh and climactic in his “Conquer the Beast” series.

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…Is there anything wrong with sermons where wild horses are tamed? …Is this what Paul was talking about when he said, “I am made all things to all men, that I might by all means save some” (1 Cor 9:22)?

 

In fact, I would say this is not at all what Paul was talking about. Rather than demonstrating innovation or zeal for souls, it shows a fundamental lack of confidence in the simplicity of preaching as the God-ordained “converting ordinance” (as the Puritans called it)…

 

OK, we might not be tempted to put up a horse ring or build a motorcycle ramp, but we may have our own subtle expressions of lack of confidence in divinely ordained means…

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Loving Our Pastors [Ian Clary]

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Ian Clary

Ian Clary, interviewer from this week’s podcast, writes:

Pastors are imperfect; that much should be obvious. However, the attitude of some Christians toward their pastors leaves us wondering whether those three words are as plain as one would think. While pastors, like all of us, share in Adam’s fall, they have the particular challenge of having their faults on display week-by-week as they stand in a pulpit or as they minister amongst their flock. Pastors are public people and, sadly, public scrutiny comes easily and regularly. Church members should be particularly sensitive to this when they offer opinions, solicited or otherwise, about their pastor’s ministry.

 

…just as they are held up to a higher standard, so too are they worthy of what the apostle Paul calls “double honour” (1 Timothy 5:17). This includes financial honouring, but it also has to do with how we regard the pastoral office.

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Preaching to the Affections without Manipulating Them [Video] Voddie Baucham w/ Piper & Núñez

preaching affections prevThe Gospel Coalition Blog:

Should preachers aim for the affections? Is this even possible without resorting to manipulation techniques? In a new roundtable video, John Piper, Voddie Baucham, and Miguel Núñez—all Council members for The Gospel Coalition—explore differences between “working the crowd” and awakening authentic, God-honoring emotion…

 

Baucham references a complaint sometimes voiced in more traditionally emotional (e.g., black and Latino) cultures that emphasizing truth and theology amounts to “denying your culture, your heritage, your ethnicity.” But the call to awaken affections with biblical truth is not culturally specific…

 

Watch the full 12-minute video to hear these three preachers discuss Grand Canyon moments, when God looks boring, and more.

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Testing a Call to the Ministry [Basil Manly, Jr]

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Basin Manly, Jr

Founders Journal 78 · Fall 2009 · pp. 22-25:

Now we need numbers in the ministry. The plenteous, perishing harvest wails out a despairing cry for more laborers. But we need purity more than numbers; we need intelligence more than numbers; we need zeal more than we need numbers. Above all, we need consecrated men, men who have stood beneath the cross, till their very souls are dyed with Jesus’ blood, and a love like his for perishing millions has been kindled within them. We long for such men, but for such only, as are willing to “endure hardness as good soldiers of Jesus Christ.”
 
If I address any young brother, whose mind may have been directed to this subject, allow me to present some practical inquiries, which may help you to come to a decision.
 
1. Do you habitually entertain and cherish the conviction that you are not your own; but, as dead with Christ, are bound to live unto yourself, but inform Him who died for you, and rose again?

 

2. Do you feel willing to serve Him in whatsoever employment you can most glorify His name? (sweeping floors, nursery worker, and the like come to mind)

 

3. Do you watch for opportunities of doing good, and avail yourselves of those that offer, in the Sunday school, in the prayer meeting and by the wayside?

 

 4. Do you sincerely desire to make it the business of your life to labor for souls? Is the desire habitually, disinterested, and prompted by love to Jesus, and compassion for the impenitent? 

 

5. Do you find that other employments seem comparatively uninviting, and this delightful, apart from any considerations of worldly ease or emolument?

 

6. Does your impression of duty with regard to the ministry grow stronger, at such times when you are most favored with nearness to GOD, and when you most distinctly realize eternal things? 

 

7. Is your willingness to engage in such service with a clear and cordial renunciation of self-seeking, and a simple reliance on Him whose grace is promised to be sufficient?

 

8. Is it joined with a humble estimate of your own powers, and with a willingness to use all necessary and suitable means for the improvement of those powers?

 

9. Is it a desire for this work, not as a temporary resort, as a refuge for indolence, or an avenue to fame, but as a lifetime of labor, in prosperity or adversity, in evil report and in good report, that GOD may be honored and sinners saved?

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2013 Trinity Montville Pastors’ Conf. AUDIO/VIDEO [Al Martin, Jeffery Smith, Jeremy Walker & David Chanski]

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All the audio/video from the 2013 pastor’s conference at Trinity Montville is now online (except the Pastoral Workshops which are never made public).

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Though the majority of the teaching was Monday the 21st – Thursday the 24th, the Lord Day evening service on the 20th was referenced throughout the conference:

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Thus Far the Lord Has Helped Us – Pastor Edward Donnelly | Ebenezer | 1 Samuel 7:12

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Standing Firm: Stretching Forward Part 1: Maintaining a Real Acquaintance with God – David Chanski | 2013 Pastors’ Conference | 1 Timothy 4:16

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Standing Firm: Stretching Forward Part 2: Standing Firm in Our Devotional Life – David Chanski | 2013 Pastors’ Conference | Joshua 1:8

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Standing Firm and Stretching Forward: A Biblical Call – Albert N. Martin | Stand Firm | Ephesians 6:10-20; Philippians 3:12-16

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Standing Firm: Stretching Forward Part 3: Pressing on in Our Walk with God – David Chanski | 2013 Pastors’ Conference | 1 Corinthians 9

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Standing Firm: Stretching Forward Part 4: God’s Man and God’s Message Part 1 – Jeremy Walker | 2013 Pastors’ Conference | Acts 17

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Standing Firm: Stretching Forward Part 5: God’s Man and God’s Message Part 2 – Jeremy Walker | 2013 Pastors’ Conference | Acts 17

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Reaping the Harvest of the Earth: The Destruction of the Wicked – Warren Peel | Judgment | Revelation 14:14-20

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Standing Firm: Stretching Forward Part 6: Stir up, Suffer, and Hold Fast – Pastor Jeffery S. Smith | 2013 Pastors’ Conference | 2 Timothy

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Standing Firm: Stretching Forward Part 7: Perilous Seasons ; Sufficiency of Scriture  – Pastor Jeffery S. Smith | 2013 Pastors’ Conference | 2 Timothy

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Standing Firm: Stretching Forward Part 8: Preach the Word no Matter What – Pastor Jeffery S. Smith | 2013 Pastors’ Conference | 2 Timothy

2013 Trinity Montville Pastors’ Conference Public Meetings [Audio/Video]

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Howdy y’all,

I’m at the pastor’s conference at Trinity Montville and they let us know that the public session tonight and the public session tomorrow will be livestream.

You can watch it here.Testing an iOS & Android compatible stream here.

Update Oct. 24, 2013: Livestream is over but you can listen or watch the two public sessions:

Play Audio!Download MP3!SermonAudio Reaping the Harvest of the Earth: The Destruction of the Wicked
Warren Peel | Judgment
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TUE 10/22/2013
Special Meeting
Play Audio!Download MP3!SermonAudio Standing Firm and Stretching Forward: A Biblical Call • 110+
Albert N. Martin | Stand Firm
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MON 10/21/2013
Sunday Service

Interview #28 – Dr. Steve Weaver – Hercules Collins

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On episode 28 of our podcast, we get to know Pastor and Dr. Steve Weaver who fills us in on all things Hercules Collins, the 17th Century British Particular Baptist Pastor.

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Devoted to the Service of the Temple Piety, Persecution, and Ministry in the Writings of Hercules Collins (Profiles in Reformed Spirituality)

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Piety, Persecution, and Ministry in the Writings of Hercules Collins
(Profiles in Reformed Spirituality)

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So, Who’s Your Pastor? – James Savastio

podcast pastorPastor James Savastio, of Reformed Baptist Church of Louisville, addresses a problem we face in our day and age:

Some years ago I realized that there were some folks in our church who were listening every day to sermons from a pastor in a another city.  There is nothing in and of itself wrong with that, but I soon realized that it was this man and not our own eldership that was truly guiding and pastoring this family.   By simple virtue of the hours spent under this man and others ministry his perspectives and theology were being shaped to such an extent that they eventually moved to sit under this man’s ministry.    I also began to notice this with numerous seminary students who would visit our assembly.  For them, their professors were the main source of spiritual food-the students were under the professor’s ministry for hours upon hours every week and I was with them only on the Lord’s Day.  I found that they were more drawn to, more receptive of, and had far more confidence in seminary professors than in their own elders…

 

I do see a biblical problem in all of this…

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New Book: “You Lift Me Up: Overcoming Ministry Challenges” by Al Martin

Out now in the UK and coming out
November 11, 2013 in the US [pre-order]:

You Life Me Up Al Martin

You Lift Me Up
Overcoming Ministry Challenges
Albert N. Martin

Out now in the UK and
coming out November 11, 2013 in the US [pre-order]

Description:

It happens little by little. . . Even in the context of a very faithful ministry, a pastor may be at risk of a gradual-but ultimately debilitating-downfall.

 

Al Martin speaks from years of experience as he guides pastors to identify warning signs of dangerous paths:

 

* Backsliding-a spiritual decline manifested first in the prayer closet.

 

* Burnout-erosion of one’s mental, emotional, psychological, and physical resiliency and buoyancy.

 

* Washout-the loss of credibility among the people.

Details:

Pages: 144
Trim: Large trade paperback (216 x 138mm)
Isbn 13: 9781781912270
List Price: £9.99
Released: September 2013
Imprint: Christian Focus Publications > Mentor
Category: Pastoral Help > General

david murrayHere is what David Murray had to say about the book on his blog this morning:

Al Martin has been my mentor from a distance for many years. I listened to innumerable cassettes of his sermons when I was just converted in the late 1980′s, and when I entered the ministry in 1995, I devoured his pastoral theology lectures. Although I’ve continued to listen to his sermons on sermonaudio.com, I always wished he would write some books. Well, now, in the latter years of his ministry we are beginning to see the ripe fruit of decades in the pastorate appearing in print form. His latest book is Al Martin at his best, as he identifies three ministry challenges – ministerial backsliding, ministerial burnout, and credibility washout – and proposes various preventative and curative measures. As always with Pastor Martin, the book combines a deep spirituality with huge doses of common sense. I loved the sections on the pastor’s humanity and the need to care for our bodies. If pastors don’t read this now, they will need it later. This book is already available in the UK and will soon be available in the US.

Reviews:

At a formative stage in my ministry I came across his messages on “Ministerial Backsliding and Burnout”. So, I am delighted to know that these messages are being given a fresh lease of life through this book and being made available to a new generation of ministers. For sure, I owe an incalculable debt to the truths contained in these pages.

Conrad Mbewe ~ Pastor of Kabwata Baptist Church, Lusaka, Zambia

The author brings to this volume a lifetime of Christian ministry, studious preparation and experience in teaching pastors… May this book transform and help to sustain many of us.

Edward Donnelly ~ Principal of Reformed Theological College, Belfast, Northern Ireland

Satan attacks a pastor in various ways. Sometimes he tempts him to gross and scandalous sins. However, sometimes the devil sneaks in quietly. He distracts us from what is most important. He twists one good activity into an excuse to neglect another duty. He subtly appeals to our pride to make us act as if we have no needs or limitations. Al Martin’s book exposes these dangers, and is eminently helpful to preserve a pastor for long-term service to the glory of God. I heartily recommend it for men aspiring to ministry, for men in ministry, and for all those who love them.

Joel R. Beeke ~ President and Professor of Systematic Theology and Homiletics, Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary, Grand Rapids, Michigan

We are thankful to have in these pages the wisdom and experience of a preacher to whom so many of us are indebted.

Iain Murray ~ Co-Founder of Banner of Truth, Edinburgh, Scotland

I’m so thankful that Pastor Martin’s years of pastoral experience and wisdom are now being made available to the church in this wonderful book. I believe it will save many ministries and spare many families and churches the grief of burned-out, knocked-out, and washed-out pastors.

David Murray ~ Professor of Old Testament & Practical Theology, Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary, Grand Rapids, Michigan

How thrilling was Albert Martin’s arrival on the scene in England in the late 60s. He seemed to have taken all that was the very best of evangelical preaching from the Puritans, and the preachers of the Evangelical Awakening, from M’Cheyne in Scotland and from Princeton in New Jersey, from Ryle and Spurgeon, from auditing the classes of John Murray at Westminster Seminary, and he mined all this rich seam of experiential Calvinism and he brought out jewels. He preached to the mind, affections and consciences of his hearers and impacted them so that in the succeeding years as he returned to our conferences the numbers increased. God’s blessing was on him and on us. What we experienced in England was also replicated in the USA. Now in retirement from the pastorate this substantial work has appeared. It is on a theme familiar enough to the Puritans, on ministerial credibility and backsliding. How discerning and searching our fathers were in analysing the marks of such declension and the means of ministerial revival. May this be the first of a number of books to come from Albert Martin to the good of the whole church, especially its servants the preachers.

Geoff Thomas ~ Alfred Place Baptist Church (Independent), Aberystwyth, Wales

This is an honest, incisive, and realistic treatment of the subject of ministerial burnout. There is a most helpful mixture here of spiritual insight and commonsense, and the result should be of benefit to all pastors in Christ’s flock, and ultimately to the flock itself. Ministerial burnout has reached epidemic proportions in many parts of the world, and this work could be much used to alleviate that situation. The eight specific warnings are all well-handled from Scripture, history, and pastoral experience. May it do much good!

Peter Barnes ~ Pastor, Author, Lecturer, Revesby Presbyterian Church, Revesby, New South Wales, Australia

[source: Christian Focus Publications]

Interview #25 – Tom Nettles – Living by Revealed Truth: The Life and Pastoral Theology of Charles Haddon Spurgeon

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On episode 25 of our podcast, we interview Dr. Tom Nettles about his newest book Living by Revealed Truth: The Life and Pastoral Theology of Charles Haddon Spurgeon.

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The Times They Are A-Changin’ – Confessionalism Adrift Amid the Siren Cries for Relevancy by Jeff Oliver

Over at the IRBS blog, Dr. James Renihan explains:

On September 1 [2009], we were delighted to sit under the ministry of Pastor Jeff Oliver who spoke at the 2009-10 Academic Year opening service of the Institute of Reformed Baptist Studies… here is Rev. Oliver’s lecture revised for posting on our website. Prepare to be challenged and encouraged. His address was titled: The Times They Are A-Changin’ – Confessionalism Adrift Amid the Siren Cries for Relevancy. This is Pastor Oliver’s [3-part] transcript…

 

What follows below, was developed from an address given to the theological students of the Institute of Reformed Baptist Studies and other associate guests at the commencement of their new academic year 20009/2010 on the campus of Westminster Seminary California in Escondido.

Part 1 [13 min. readout]

So, more particularly, what does it mean to be a Reformed Baptist; what is a reformed Baptist church?

Who gets to decide what it means to be reformed or to be a Reformed Baptist?

Part 2 [13 min. readout]

The biblical, historical, and confessional truth is that numbers and church programs are very poor performance metrics of God’s blessing. When it comes to describing what it is that makes a church a “true church” the Reformed have always agreed that it is the preaching of the Word, the right administration of the sacraments and the exercise of church discipline.  Never has confessional reformed Christianity acknowledged numerical success to be a mark of a true church.

Part 3 [13 min. readout]

Our reformed confessional standards are the only reasonable basis for a stable definition of reformed theology, piety and practice.  That’s why all those who are called to be ministers of word and sacraments in reformed churches need to be taught thoroughly the reformed faith and be able and ready to confess and proclaim and teach the faith once delivered to the saints.  This is the task of the ministry.

[source: The Institute of Reformed Baptist Studies at Westminster Seminary California in Escondido, CA]

jeff oliverPastor Jeff Oliver was born and raised in Darlington, North East England and was converted to Christ at the age of 11. He obtained his undergraduate degree at Manchester University in 1983 and subsequently pursued a career in private industry.  After twenty years in business Jeff was called to the gospel ministry.  He studied at Westminster Theological Seminary in California in Escondido, California where he received a Master of Divinity Degree in May 2006.  He was ordained and  installed as Pastor of Grace Reformed Baptist Church, Placerville on July 7 2006 and commenced his ministry on August 14 2006.  Jeff and his wife, Jane were married in April 1993 in Jane’s home town of Kilmarnock, Scotland. More…

Registration Open for 2013 Fall Founders Study Center Courses Feat. Renihan, Ascol & Malone

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Announcing our 2013 Fall Founders Study Center Courses

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